sweet + spicy giveaway!!

August 31, 2009


Oh how I love a giveaway! Remember the spiced jam post from last week? Well, the very sweet Carla Kissel has offered to give away a mixed case of 6 jars of her fantabulous spiced jam! SWEET! They make great hostess gifts, or delicious to snarf down yourself. Leave your entries by Friday, September 4th at noon central time. I will choose the winner by random later that afternoon.

Here are some ways to enter…pick all, or just one:

• Visit Kissel’s website, and check out the 6 flavors. Leave a comment below with the flavor that looks the tastiest to you…

• For an extra entry, twitter about it, and come back to leave another comment to let me know that you did…{you can do this up to 5 times total}

• For another entry, write about it in your blog…and come back here to comment…

• Subscribe to nonpareil…and let me know in a comment…

• Head on over to Kissel’s and order some jams from their online shop, and you will get 5 extra entries…again, leave comments so I can keep track…

Any questions, contact me! {This contest is only open to my U.S. readers…sorry to all you lovely readers around the world…}

sweet + spicy.

August 26, 2009


Our daughter tried out for the super-deluxe traveling lacrosse team last weekend. Haven’t heard if she made it, or not {keep your fingers crossed for her}. The tryouts took us to Northbrook, a suburb north of Chicago….

Soooo…we had time to spare while our daughter was trying out, and thought we’d head to Whole Foods. While we were there, we grazed through all of the samples {piggies!!}…and were were lucky enough to meet Carla Kissel, owner of Kissel’s Spiced Jam, who was giving samples of her apricot rosemary jam. She was so enthusiastic and friendly, and popped open another jar for us to try {the second time, we tried blueberry lavender}. They were both so delicious. Seriously. Knock-your-socks-off-good.

I just had to share this fabulous little business with you!

And, from now through December 31, Kissel’s gives $1 per jar sold online to Invisible Children, Inc., “a non-profit organization whose purpose is to raise global awareness of atrocities being committed against the children of Northern Uganda, and to help the people of that region rebuild their educational and economic infrastructure.”

Yummy jam, and a good cause. win-win!

amelia oil.

June 29, 2009

I visited Italy for the first time last summer. We saw incredible sights, endured outrageously hot days, drank lots of wine, and ate some of the most incredible food. One thing I miss since our return to the states is the olive oil. There’s just something about the oil in Italy that is unlike anything I’ve had here.

I was so excited to learn about Amelia Oil a few weeks ago! The business is a Canadian mother-daughter duo who import olive oil from a little Italian town called Amelia. The oil is wonderful, and just like I remember in Italy {my order arrived just last week, and I’ve been savoring it!}. They use only fair trade practices, and sell oil from farmers whom they know personally. The oil is reasonably priced too…for a premium olive oil. I hope you will try it…you can learn more by visiting their site, or their blog!

Do you have a favorite vacation-food that you can’t get where you live? Since I’m asking, you’d better add California fish tacos to my list!

whimsy and spice.

April 13, 2009


I thought I’d act as a guinea pig {pig being the more appropriate word here} and test out the goodies from Whimsy and Spice…out of the kindness of my heart. Really. I did it for you, my dear readers. I have to report that I absolutely loved everything that I ordered. The spices were all really unique, and added to the deliciousness of the cookies! The homemade caramel marshmallows were my favorite {snarfed them down quickly, and had a really hard time sharing}. In addition to the marshmallows, I ordered the Coconut Five Spice White Chocolate Cookies, and the Chocolate Chili Cashew Biscotti. Yum!

missing my grandma.

March 11, 2009

An extra post today…this one has nothing to do with indie style, but I’ve seen this video all over the web lately, and just had to share it. The video is part of a multi-episode with the sweetest little old lady. It’s wonderful….and I really miss my grandma every time I see it. Enjoy:

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